March 30, 2018 / 9:56 AM / a year ago

Putin still wants to mend foreign ties despite row: Kremlin

Russian President and Presidential candidate Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with supporters at his campaign headquarters in Moscow, Russia March 18, 2018. Yuri Kadobnov/POOL via Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin still favours mending ties with other countries, despite a decision to expel scores of Western diplomats in a row over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter in Britain, a Kremlin spokesman said.

The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he disagreed with the U.S. government’s assessment that Russia’s decision to expel 60 U.S. diplomats showed Moscow was not interested in diplomacy.

Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Writing by Christian Lowe and Edmund Blair

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